King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (10/8/12)

October 8, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today with a briefing on his latest contacts with foreign officials, as well as a discussion of the Kingdom’s positions on a number of regional and international issues.

After listening to a report on developments in the Arab world, the Cabinet warned of the possible regional repercussions of the Syrian crisis and renewed the Kingdom’s demand for an end to the bloodshed and human rights violations in that country. The Cabinet also condemned the Israeli occupation forces and extremist groups for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on the international community to put an end to these violations and to prevent Israel from increasing tensions.

Turning to other international events, the Cabinet hailed the Lima Declaration issued by the 3rd Summit of Arab and South American Countries last week in Peru. The ministers also expressed thanks to the participants in the scientific symposium on the “Initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Civilizations,” which was recently concluded in Kuala Lumpur.

Then, the Cabinet discussed a number of scientific, economic and cultural activities recently completed or currently occurring in the Kingdom. In particular, they lauded the 1st International Conference of School Transportation in the Kingdom, which began in Riyadh yesterday.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved a number of measures regarding the transportation of those injured or killed in traffic accidents to hospitals; approved a memorandum of understanding with Finland for cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence on money laundering and terror financing; approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Interior’s Financial Investigation Unit and the Slovenian Ministry of Finance’s Anti-Money Laundering Office in the field of exchanging financial intelligence on money laundering and terror financing; approved the Electronic Portal Project for Pilgrims Coming from Outside the Kingdom; approved the accession of the Kingdom to the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad in 1993; and approved the assignment of the Ministry of Agriculture to undertake all works of King Abdullah’s Initiative for Agricultural Investment Abroad.